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Thursday, August 04, 2005

The state of the garden, August 2005

It was not a great year for tomatoes. The weather was much too odd, with first a freeze walloping my carefully nurtured seedlings --- then unseasonable early heat which hardly relented meant the plants didn't have that nice in-between place they need to develop before producing.

I also made the mistake of planting two of the maters in near full sun. I've never done that before and will never do it again, no matter what anyone says. It simply doesn't work for me.

So, all in all, an odd year for the maters. The best have been the cherries in the strawberry bed on the front porch. They produced enough for a nice snack every single day, and their taste is wonderful! I'll have to dig around and find out what kind they are because they're very, very nice.
besttomplant

Today's and yesterday's harvest from the beleaguered plants out back.
todaystomatoes

In other gardening news, we're transitioning from one phase to another. The echinacea and basil are calming down, and the morning glories did horribly this year, although it's possible the moon flowers will still grow.

The tropical hibiscus is coming in, however, and it looks like it's going to be a good year for it. Several blossoms already, although the leaves are looking kind of sickly.
tropicalhibiscus

It also looks like it might be a gangbuster year for loofah. Here's the first flower starting to unfurl.
firstloofahflow

And finally, the wild poinsettia is finally starting to color up. It doesn't look at all impressive in this picture, but just wait a few days. The butterflies and hummingbirds absolutely love this stuff!
wildpoin

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